Kakinoki Akira 柿木章 (1926-2009)

Tea Caddy with Maple Leaves and Cherry Blossoms

Inv. Nr. #18.007
Date Mid 20th c.
Material Wood, lacquer, gold and silver
Dimensions H 7,4  x D 7,4 cm

Comes with fitted signed and sealed wooden box and sealed cloth (tomogire).

Price: EUR 2,200

Luxuriously decorated tea caddy (natsume) by Kakinoki Akira (1926-2009). The exterior is polished black lacquer (roiro) and elaborately decorated with gold and silver takamaki-e cherry blossoms and sprinkled (nashiji) maple leaves on golden aralia leaves. Black lacquer interior. Rims are gold and subtly decorated with abstract floral patterns. Sealed at the bottom on the gold base: Akira.


Kakinoki Akira (1926-2009) was one of the leading Japanese lacquer artists of the last century who gained great recognition. He was honored by the Japanese Minister of International Trade and Industry in 1964 and received many prizes at the Nitten National Exhibition throughout his career. He also received the highest award at the Nitten exhibition in 2004.


The tea caddy comes with original, fitted wooden box, inscribed: Maki-e kōyō sakura natsume, Akira saku ("Gold lacquered tea caddy with maple leaves and cherry blossoms, made by Akira").